Worst Dog Breeds for People With Allergies

by Whitney Lowell
    Even short-haired dogs can elicit allergy symptoms.

    Even short-haired dogs can elicit allergy symptoms.

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    Most people allergic to dogs are allergic not to dogs themselves, or their fur, but to the dog's dander or saliva. Fur can harbor other allergens, like pollen and dust, that trigger allergies, though. Generally speaking, some dog breeds are worse for people with allergies than others.

    Big Dogs

    Saint Bernards, hounds and bulldogs are known for excessive drooling. If you're allergic to dog saliva, avoid these breeds. German shepherds, Irish setters and English springer spaniels have lots of hair, which means more dander is produced and released into the air. Such dogs require regular baths and brushing, which allergic people should avoid.

    Small Dogs

    Some dogs are prone to allergies, like Boston terriers, Shih Tzus and Lhasa apsos, which means they may suffer dry skin, itchiness, watery eyes and extra mucous output; these allergy symptoms may stir up your own allergies. West Highland white terriers are prone to seborrhea, which causes their skin to renew quickly, increasing the dander produced. Dog breeds like the Pekingese and pug have skin folds that require regular care and produce dander.

    Basic Tips

    Avoid dogs who require frequent grooming, have double coats, are prone to allergies, have skin folds, are known droolers or produce excess dander.

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    About the Author

    Whitney Lowell has been writing online since 2007. She writes for a variety of online publications and researches a wide range of topics and niches. Lowell has experience with animal rescues, dog training, pet health, raising and breeding reptiles, as well as home businesses, inventory, accounting, and finance.

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